The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Prof. George Obiozor is dead.
The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma confirmed the death of the Ohanaeze leader on Wednesday in a statement following unconfirmed reports about the death of the former Ambassador.
According to the statement, Obiozor died at 80 after a brief illness.
“The death of this foremost Igbo leader and former Nigeria’s ambassador to the United States and the State of Israel, is a big loss to Imo state, the South East and the entire Nigeria.
“I have no doubt that both Nigeria and the international community will miss his profound intellectual contributions and wise counsel on national and global issues,” the statement said.
The family will announce burial arrangements for the deceased.
Obiozor was the Nigerian Ambassador to Israel from 1999 to 2003 and Ambassador to the United States from 2004 to 2008. He was Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Cyprus.
He studied at the Institute of African Studies, and Albert Schweitzer College. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1969, and from Columbia University with a PhD in International Affairs.
He was the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs.
He was elected as the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo on January 9, 2021, but the organisation was so factionalised.